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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #960 on: July 22, 2015, 01:00:00 AM »
"Some people object to the use of plural pronouns in this type of situation on the grounds that itís ungrammatical. In fact, the use of plural pronouns to refer back to a singular subject isnít new: it represents a revival of a practice dating from the 16th century. Itís increasingly common in current English and is now widely accepted both in speech and in writing."

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/he-or-she-versus-they
Oh, yes, language evolves continually. The use of a plural pronoun for a singular subject is indeed becoming accepted in the grammar world, and I in turn accept that fact. That doesn't mean it won't grate on my nerves every time I hear it for the rest of my life.   :)

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #961 on: July 22, 2015, 04:07:58 PM »
I like "they" to refer to a "Schrodinger's gender" person, because we're really talking about two people... a hypothetical man and a hypothetical woman. We're just melding them into the single, unigendered mystery person missing a pronoun.
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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #962 on: July 25, 2015, 09:21:15 AM »
I think it was in "Word on the Street" (assigned reading for one of my linguistics courses, best assigned reading ever) that talked about this.  The book talked about the history of attempts to create a singular non-gender-specific pronoun in English (E, etc.), and then said that, well, basically, we have one.  Grammarians simply haven't come to accept it, but informal English largely has, and it will most likely eventually be the standard for use in the singular, too.  After all, it happened for "you," which used to be plural only (thou was singular).
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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #963 on: August 21, 2015, 11:38:17 AM »
Yeah, apostrophe abuse gets to me big-time. Also, it annoys me when people confuse "faze" and "phase" (as in, "He noticed the cat was on fire, but it didn't phase him, he just dumped the champagne bottle on her and went on talking to the Prime Minister". It's faze).

Captain Kirk and the rest of the Star Trek crew will phase you if you get out of line - if you're dealing with a cat that's on fire, you're a better person than I am if it doesn't faze you.
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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #964 on: August 21, 2015, 11:41:25 AM »
I like "they" to refer to a "Schrodinger's gender" person, because we're really talking about two people... a hypothetical man and a hypothetical woman. We're just melding them into the single, unigendered mystery person missing a pronoun.

Hmm... This is pretty good. I might be able to live with thinking of it this way when I hear it.

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #965 on: August 21, 2015, 11:46:17 AM »
Thought of another pet peeve. I don't know why, but I hate it when the media make up words for an ongoing phenomenon. For instance, living in the Seattle area, we hear about "June-uary" because June tends to be grayer than May. Others include "snowmageddon" and "snowpocalypse" (because we're ill equipped for heavy snow) and anything "-gate." As in, "deflategate." For some reason, these set my teeth on edge. Maybe because they get so over-used?

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #966 on: August 21, 2015, 01:15:24 PM »
I haven't read the entire thread yet, but I wanted to post one that I've been seeing more and more frequently. I see defiantly used in place of definitely a lot lately. Has anyone else noticed this jarring trend?

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #967 on: August 21, 2015, 01:21:53 PM »
Last week my DH heard somebody ask 'Am I legible for a pool car?'

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #968 on: August 21, 2015, 03:52:21 PM »
I haven't read the entire thread yet, but I wanted to post one that I've been seeing more and more frequently. I see defiantly used in place of definitely a lot lately. Has anyone else noticed this jarring trend?
That may be an auto-correct problem.  If you misspell definitely as definately, the spellchecker thinks you've transposed the n and the a in defiantly and "corrects" it.
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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #969 on: August 21, 2015, 04:05:16 PM »
Yoghurt for yogurt.  I know that's an equally correct variant of the spelling, not a misspelling, but it just looks so wrong to me!

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #970 on: August 21, 2015, 06:49:59 PM »
Yoghurt for yogurt.  I know that's an equally correct variant of the spelling, not a misspelling, but it just looks so wrong to me!

I agree, and just never wanted to bring it up.  :-[
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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #971 on: August 22, 2015, 12:38:46 AM »
Yoghurt for yogurt.  I know that's an equally correct variant of the spelling, not a misspelling, but it just looks so wrong to me!

I agree, and just never wanted to bring it up.  :-[


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'Yogurt' always looks like a mistake to me. Perspective is everything!
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